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One small step for the 1%, nothing for mankind. n/t

Sound familiar?

Below is a passage from the Wikipedia summary of the life of Frederick Douglass. I realized recently that I knew very little about Douglass because it was not taught in school when I grew up. I often use Wikipedia as an introduction to a subject and for its footnotes. The passage below is part of a description of the Reconstruction Era.

"After the Civil War, Douglass continued to work for equality for African-Americans and women. Due to his prominence and activism during the war, Douglass received several political appointments. He served as president of the Reconstruction-era Freedman's Savings Bank.[122]

Meanwhile, white insurgents had quickly arisen in the South after the war, organizing first as secret vigilante groups, including the Ku Klux Klan. Armed insurgency took different forms. Powerful paramilitary groups included the White League and the Red Shirts, both active during the 1870s in the Deep South. They operated as "the military arm of the Democratic Party", turning out Republican officeholders and disrupting elections.[123] Starting 10 years after the war, Democrats regained political power in every state of the former Confederacy and began to reassert white supremacy. They enforced this by a combination of violence, late 19th-century laws imposing segregation and a concerted effort to disfranchise African Americans. New labor and criminal laws also limited their freedom.[124]"

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